Suspect stabbed his friend to death after victim insisted prose was superior as literary genre
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Thursday 20 June 2013
Misattribution of verse started by students on internet is finally corrected by blogger
The Queen's Birthday Honours refuseniks: The alternative list of those who said 'thanks but no thanks'
Friday 14 June 2013
About 20 names are missing from this year’s honours list because the people concerned did not want to be on it.
Friday 14 June 2013
Best known for his Schubert lieder, tenor Mark Padmore here performs Alec Roth's arrangements of songs and poems for voice and guitar, ranging from a sequence of Thomas Wyatt poems of love lost, to the more reflective, crepuscular tone of modern verses on nocturnal themes by Vikram Seth.
Tuesday 11 June 2013
The gentleman appreciates beauty in many spheres of human endeavour
Friday 07 June 2013
Iwas introduced to Baudelaire on my 14th birthday, when my parents gave me a bilingual edition of Les Fleurs du mal translated by Richard Howard, a black volume with devilish-looking white and purple lilies on the cover. That evening I read the entire collection in a trance, sucked into its splendid savagery and brutal humanity, its febrile voyages and sharp, bracing portraits of urban solitude. And then there was all that spleen, a dark river of malaise coursing through nearly every landscape, inner and outer.
Thursday 06 June 2013
Comedian Russell Brand has revealed that he would love to replace Matt Smith as Doctor Who.
Friday 31 May 2013
Every mother's son – and daughter – will appreciate this powerful chorus of family memories
Thursday 30 May 2013
Alice Jones' Arts Diary
Sunday 26 May 2013
"A poem should not mean, but be," in Archibald MacLeish's famous words.
Tuesday 09 April 2013
George Szirtes is the most consistent, prolific British poet. All his collections are challenging and rewarding. Bad Machine is more various, more versatile, and might take longer to get into. At the book's heart is an almost hallucinatory series about the fragility of reality, of life, of the body. The title poem is about discovering the body is a faulty machine. Like many others, it is aphoristic: "There's no machine that's not a bad machine". Elsewhere, we find "We're handfuls of dust breathing in dust" and "Life being ordinary is the extraordinary thing".
Saturday 06 April 2013
If the Lord of the Rings trilogy didn't exist, then Peter Jackson's bloated fantasy blockbuster would seem impressive indeed.
Saturday 23 March 2013
A poet is working with dementia patients to weave their words into poetry. Susanna Howard, sits with them, often in silence, jotting down whatever words they utter, and then uses only these utterances to put a poem together for her collections, Living Words.
Saturday 16 March 2013
Friday 15 March 2013
I think that I first read Wallace Stevens at school – I have a vague memory of coming across "The Emperor of Ice-Cream" in some anthology.
Tuesday 05 March 2013
London Welsh, at serious risk of forfeiting their Premiership status for playing the scrum-half Tyson Keats under a false nationality registration, were left dangling on a perilously thin disciplinary thread last night when a Rugby Football Union panel ended a six-hour hearing into the case without reaching a decision.
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile
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